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San Francisquito Creek Protection Project Celebrated

James Muller and Natasha Dunn with the San Francisco Estuary Partnership check out work on San Francisquito Creek
Mark Prado
Natasha Dunn and James Muller with the San Francisco Estuary Partnership check out work on San Francisquito Creek Friday morning.

 

Recently completed work on San Francisquito Creek in East Palo Alto that will gird against sea level rise, help endangered species and prevent flooding was celebrated Friday morning by the San Francisquito Creek JPA.

The project improved a nearby marsh that's home to federally endangered Ridgway's rails and salt marsh harvest mice. A widened creek channel means less threat of flood to nearby homes, and businesses and better protection against sea-level rise.

New trails, a pedestrian bridge and a re-done section of Highway 101 are also features of the project.

The San Francisco Estuary Partnership played a role in helping oversee the project. The Estuary Partnership was established in 1988 by the state and  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under the Clean Water Act’s National Estuary Program when the San Francisco Estuary was designated as an estuary of national significance.

The Partnership’s work is guided by the development and implementation of the Estuary Blueprint, a vision for the estuary’s future. The partnership’s host entity is the Association of Bay Area Governments, which is staffed by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.

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